Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Publication date: July 12, 2016 Genres/topics: Middle grade contemporary (magical realism?) A feel-good middle grade debut with just a hint of magic about a girl who has a rare disorder that makes the words other people say about her appear on her body. Ever… Continue reading Review: Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Genre: Young adult, contemporary + magical realism Winner of the 2016 Printz Award for Young Adult Literature Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young,… Continue reading Rewiew: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Genre and topics: Young Adult contemporary, mental health Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting… Continue reading Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
George by Alex Gino Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: August 25, 2015 Genre: children’s/low middle grade, contemporary, LGBT BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her… Continue reading Review: George by Alex Gino
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley Publisher: Dial Books Publication: Date: May 10, 2016 Genre: Young adult contemporary Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him. Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition… Continue reading Review: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand Published: May 17, 2016 by Simon & Schuster THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT • Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.) • Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer. • Never having met said grandparents. • Her blue… Continue reading Review: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
One of my major reading goals this year is to read more middle grade fiction, both classic and contemporary. I’m currently writing a manuscript that fits into this category and would like to explore some beloved stories I missed when I was younger, as well as read from the current market.